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Scholars

Invited scholars are well-known members of the Forensic Linguistics community.

Each session of this summer school will be led by one of the following scholars:

Dr Isabel Picornell is a Consultant Forensic Linguist and Director of QED Limited, providing forensic linguistic services to the corporate, investigative, and intelligence industry. She holds a PhD in forensic linguistics from the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham (UK). She is the Secretary of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, a member of the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics, and a full CFE-member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Dr Ria Perkins is the Director of Hapax Consulting Ltd, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University. Her research focuses predominantly on authorship analysis, in particular native language influence detection. Her research interests also include: power and persuasive communication, online influence, computer mediated communication, sociolinguistics, and the application of forensic linguistics to security and intelligence investigations. Her casework speciality is authorship profiling and she has undertaken and assisted with work for law enforcement, private companies and international NGOs.

Dr Nicci MacLeod holds an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University - where she was also awarded the Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics - and a PhD from Aston University. She was employed as Research Fellow on the project 'Language and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641 Depositions' at the University of Aberdeen, before returning to Aston in 2010 as a Research Associate in the Centre for Forensic Linguistics. She has worked on projects in the areas of authorship analysis of short form texts, modelling online identities, and the BAAL funded Applying Linguistics to Police Interviewing. She is currently employed on the ESRC-funded project Assuming identities Online. Her research interests lie in the linguistic performance of identity and the manifestation of power through linguistic structures, particularly in legal and investigative contexts.